Following his arrest on charges related to soliciting the services of a prostitute, Greg Raymer has been formally granted a leave of absence from his duties as a board member of the Poker Players Alliance (PPA).
The 2004 WSOP Main Event champion decided “that it is best for the PPA that he step away from his position on the Board while he deals with his legal and personal issues,” PPA Executive Director John Pappas explained to PocketFives. Raymer is no longer listed on the Board of Directors of the PPA website.
Raymer and five other men were arrested at a Wake Forest, North Carolina hotel last week by law enforcement officials who conducted a sting operation. The arrest of the popular poker pro has been the subject of numerous articles throughout poker media outlets. Some of those articles erroneously reported that Raymer had sought the services of a male prostitute.
Raymer has been both lambasted and supported by members of the poker community. While some questioned his judgment as being foolhardy, others have supported the “FossilMan” and pointed out that prostitution is a victimless crime. Whatever your opinion on the issue, Raymer has been a strong advocate for the rights of poker players for a number of years.
“Mr. Raymer is very sorry for this lapse in judgment,” his attorney stated. “He regrets deeply the pain he has caused his family, friends, and fans. Mr. Raymer is grateful for the many expressions of support he has received.”
The length of the leave of absence is not known at this time. Pappas did say that Raymer “is eligible for future reinstatement should the Board deem it to be in the interest of the organization.” Pappas also added that the PPA is “at a critical juncture in the fight for poker rights and we have to make sure side issues do not obscure focus from the main issue.”
Raymer posted $1,000 bond and was released shortly after his arrest. He is scheduled to appear in court on April 18.